STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Darjeeling, 6 December
The United Taxi Association along with Clubside Drivers’ Welfare Association, both based in Darjeeling has called a 12-hour transportation strike tomorrow in protest against the toll tax recently imposed on the vehicles passing through Rohini Road.
The strike is likely to cripple transportation from Darjeeling to Siliguri and the other way round.
Mr Kanchan Gurung, the president of the United Taxi Association, said: “We had received a letter from the Terai Chalak Sangathan, seeking our support to protest the toll tax. We have decided to throw our weight behind them. No taxi plying to and from Darjeeling and Siliguri would get into the roads tomorrow.”
A member of the Clubside Drivers’ Welfare Association, Mr Kush Pradhan also lent support to the cause.
“We will not ply our vehicles for 12 hours tomorrow,” he said.
Notably, the association of the truck drivers and pick up vans recently observed strike on the same issue.
The GTA had imposed the toll for the vehicles that use Rohini Road from 1 December ~ a move that has triggered protest from the drivers’ associations and non-GJMM political parties.
However, the senior GTA officials maintain that the toll is being levied for the proper maintenance of the road.